October 2021

Dear friends,

What a pleasure it is to once again have weekly rehearsals! Our preparations are well underway for our December performances of Dave and Iola Brubeck’s charming La Fiesta de la Posada. And our newly-formed Youth Chorus, called El Faro (“The Lighthouse”) is now up and running, brilliantly led by our new staff members Gabrielle Dietrich and Bora Ryu. El Faro will make its debut as a part of the Brubeck concerts on December 4th and 5th. For more information, or to buy tickets, go to our ticket page: https://abqcorolux.org/tickets/

We’re also excited about our upcoming FebFest, featuring the music of our guest composer and conductor, Dr. Rosephanye Powell. This annual event has become very popular. Given in conjunction with the United Church of Santa Fe, and held in their sanctuary, FebFest is sure to sell out. With only 90 spots and all of northern New Mexico invited, those places will go quickly! For more information, or to reserve your spot, look for the link found elsewhere on the website.

The Coro Lux Chamber Singers will combine with the New Mexico Philharmonic to give two performances of Handel’s beloved Messiah in December. These concerts are actually a presentation of the Philharmonic’s and we are simply collaborators, but we’re delighted to once again partner with New Mexico’s premiere professional orchestra and, to that end, have included information about those concerts on this page, as well.

Our rehearsals continue to be socially distanced and masked and our upcoming concerts will follow all current Covid-19 protocols. We are “betwixt and between” right now, with the pandemic not yet conquered, but normal activities resuming in a somewhat altered form. We’ve never before been so clear on how important the arts are, and how crucial live music is to our collective wholeness. We welcome you back to our Covid-19-safe performances with (metaphorically) open arms!


Bradley Ellingboe

Founder and Artistic Director

Coro Lux — an auditioned chorus — has a generous scholarship program meant to help ALL who need financial help to participate, particularly those who are in the midst of, or who have recently finished, their schooling.

 For information about joining our chorus or contributing to our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, please email info@abqcorolux.org.

Please consider making a donation toward this challenge grant by going to our Donations page.

La Fiesta de la Posada by Dave and Iola Brubeck. This archetypal Southwestern Christmas story is told through music only the late, great jazz master could have written. Also on the program will be the debut of our new Youth Chorus, El Faro (“The Lighthouse”) as well as music fitting for the season by the husband & wife duo of Hovey and Alexis Corbin on marimbas. This concert will be a fantastic kick-off to the holiday season!

These in-person concerts will be held at on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 7pm and Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 Indian School Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

In recognition of the ongoing pandemic, we are requiring all audience members to be masked. Also, we are only selling the venue to half-capacity, to aid in social distancing.

NOTE: Ticket sales for the Sunday, 12/5, concert have closed but tickets are still available and may be purchased at the door.  

Coro Lux Chamber Chorus to perform Handel’s Messiah with the New Mexico Philharmonic in a pair of concerts on Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11. Bradley Ellingboe to conduct. Both performances start at 7:30 pm and both are at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque (114 Carlisle, SE). For more information visit nmphil.org


Coro Lux is built on the ideal of “doing good as we do well.” We believe that in diversity there is strength. We believe the voices of the world should be heard, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. In the past we have used our concerts to call for peace and to benefit charitable causes, and we will redouble our efforts going forward. Through our art we sing for a better world.

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